Kevin Hatcher was Washington's first pick in the 1984 Entry Draft. Although he played most of the 1984-85 season with the North Bay Centennials, he did don a Capitols' sweater twice during that season. The full time job started the next year, when Hatcher played in 79 games, totalling 19 points and 119 penalty minutes. The following year saw Hatcher tally a career high 144 penalty minutes in 78 games.
In 1987-88 Hatcher logged plenty of ice time with the Caps and also appeared with Team USA in the Canada Cup. Although he missed 15 games with two broken bones in his foot the following season, he bounced back in 1989-90 and was the only Washington defenseman to appear in all 80 games. He made NHL All-Star debut in 1990 as well.
Steady work apparently agreed with Hatcher, who missed only one game the following season and led his team in points with 74. He also made his second All-Star appearance. In 1991-92, he again represented Team USA in the Canada Cup. He also scored his 300th NHL point and appeared in his third consecutive All-Star game. In 1992-93, he scored a career-high 34 goals and became only the seventh defenseman in league history score thirty goals in a single season. He ended the season with a career high 79 points.
Hatcher put in another full season with Washington before a trade sent him to Dallas, where he was teamed up for the first time professionally with younger brother, Derian. For the two seasons he was with Dallas he led all Stars defensemen in scoring. In June 1996 he was traded to Pittsburgh, and spent the next three years in a Penguins sweater, with two brief exceptions: the 1996 World Cup and the 1998 Olympics. In September 1999, he was traded to New York and played 74 games for the Rangers and spent one season on Broadway before joining the Carolina Hurricanes the following year.
Kevin Hatcher retired from hockey at the end of the 2000-01 season.